Client: Zdi

In 2007, Aaron McArdle had the opportunity to make his digital cabling department at a successful electrical company into a stand-alone business. Aaron had clients and technical expertise. He needed a business partner with financial management and business acumen—and he found that in Michael. Together, Aaron and Michael launched Zdi.

Michael was Zdi’s vice president for more than six years, handling business operations, cash flow management, and accounting services. Zdi continues to grow even today, enjoying success through interesting projects and solid customer relations.

One of the main reasons our business is the success it is today is Mike Straza. His financial discipline, wisdom, and patience allowed Zdi to withstand the struggles of growing a business during the worst recession of our time. Without Mike, Zdi would have disappeared long ago, along with many of our competitors.

Mike Straza has the intellect necessary to understand the complex situations that come with running a multimillion dollar business, as well as the confidence it takes to make the tough decisions. He has the ability to be extremely direct when needed and the compassion to know when it’s appropriate.

—Aaron McArdle, President of Zdi